Wikipedian of the Year

Wikipedian of the Year

Jimmy Wales speaking at the 2013 Wikimania keynote conference
Presented by Jimmy Wales
First awarded 2011

Wikipedian of the Year is an award presented annually by Wikipedia's founder Jimmy Wales to highlight major achievements for Wikipedia by an individual Wikipedian. The award, established in 2011, is traditionally presented at Wikimania. Recipients have included Rauan Kenzhekhanuly, Rémi Mathis, Ihor Kostenko, Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight and Emily Temple-Wood.


Year Recipient Principal project Notes
2011 Rauan Kenzhekhanuly Kazakh Wikipedia Kenzhekhanuly was honored for recruiting a stable community to improve the Kazakh Wikipedia, which in a year increased from 4 to over 200 active editors, and 7,000 to 130,000 articles.[1][2] Wales was criticized because of Kenzhekhanuly's ties to the government of Kazakhstan.[2][3]
2012 "Demmy" Yoruba Wikipedia Demmy created a bot to translate 150,000 short English articles into Yoruba, a language spoken in Nigeria.[2]
2013 Rémi Mathis French Wikipedia Received for his role in the controversy surrounding the French article "Pierre-sur-Haute military radio station"[4]
2014 Ihor Kostenko Ukrainian Wikipedia Kostenko had died during the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine.[4][5]
2015 unknown Wikimedia Commons Wales named an anonymous editor from Venezuela in pectore who had been exiled for posting photographs of anti-government protests.[6]
2016 Emily Temple-Wood English Wikipedia The first joint recipients for their efforts to combat harassment on Wikipedia and increase its coverage of notable women. Temple-Wood had created nearly 400 articles and improved hundreds more, many of which are about women scientists and LGBT and women's health. Stephenson-Goodknight had improved more than 3,000 articles, co-created a space to welcome new contributors to the site, and co-founded women's outreach projects, including the "WikiWomen's User Group", "WikiProject Women", and the "Women in Red" campaign.[4]
Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight English Wikipedia

Honorable mentions

Year Recipient Principal project Notes
2015 Susanna Mkrtchyan Armenian Wikipedia For off-wiki activities including an editing campaign and youth camp[6]
Satdeep Gill Punjabi Wikipedia Gill's efforts to encourage people at his university to edit the Punjabi Wikipedia made it the fastest-growing Indic-language Wikipedia that year.[6]
2016 "Mardetanha" Persian Wikipedia Created the Farsi-language arm of the "Wikipedia Library"[4]
Vassia Atanassova Bulgarian Wikipedia Established the "#100wikidays" contest, which challenges editors to create one Wikipedia article per day for one hundred days[4]

See also


  1. Davis, LiAnna (22 August 2012). "First Ever "Wikipedian of the Year" Motivated by HKS Course". Harvard Kennedy School. John F. Kennedy School of Government. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 Morris, Kevin (26 April 2013). "Winners of Wikipedia's biggest award still haven't received prize money". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  3. Orlowski, Andrew (22 December 2014). "What's Jimmy Wales going to do with $500k from the UAE?". The Register. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 Erhart, Ed (24 June 2016). "Jimmy Wales names Emily Temple-Wood and Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight as Wikipedians of the Year". Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  5. Ukraine Today (14 September 2014). "Ukraine Today: Ihor Kostenko given posthumous annual award (VIDEO)". Kyiv Post. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  6. 1 2 3 Sutherland, Joe (31 July 2015). "2015 Wikipedians of the Year unveiled in Mexico". Wikimedia Blog. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
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